Motivation, being confortable in the ocean and being physically prepared will for sure help a lot your learning process. The students should know how to swim and we would appreciate that you inform us about any health restrictions that you may have.
Non surfers are welcome but will have to save the seat at our surf van by paying a lift. At the beach the non surfer can use his/her time freely till the agreed returning time takes place. Please notice during pandemic times there are restrictions in the nr of seats available in a surf van so it might be difficult to book non surfers.
The average age of our participants is approximately between 25 and 35 years old, but we have successfully taught people with ages ranging from 6 – 70 years. Future Surf School participants come from all over the world and almost half our students are women.
The surf School works everyday, so yes you can surf with us every day.
The surf packages for one week start normally on Mondays or Wednesdays and end on Fridays
If you book an single surfing day, instead of a surfing pack you can surf in any day that fits best in your vacation schedule.
Because we love what we do, and we are happy when our students/friends are happy and successfully surfing. We can assure that we´ll be a “ pain in the… ” persisting until you accomplish your goals on surfing. We´ll not be looking to you from the beach with our arms crossed while you try and try without being well succeed… we´ll be in the water with you because our success depends on your success! We are proud to hear many times people coming to us and say you guys are so different from the others surf schools! You really put a big effort helping your students in the water!
Future Surfing School is proud to say that has a team of surf teachers who are all experienced and with large knowledge of the surf spots. We think it´s quite important for the one´s that are travelling from abroad to be guided by genuine people that besides surf can give you all the information you need related with local traditions, history, behaviors.
It depends according to the different spots, but the maximum it takes is one hour, and if south coast is working it will take no time at all.
If you never surfed before, you will be about able to paddle for middle size mellow waves, stand up in the right moment, in safety and finish the wave with the feet in the right position still on the top of the board (Longboard or Malibu). Afterwards, and depending in your evolution, you will be able to surf down the wave learn a lot about safety rules, wind, waves, tides, priority rules, etiquette, surf gear, etc.
Our surf day starts around 9am and goes until 6pm.
Yes, you can book just a surf course and take care of lodging yourself. Future Surf School offers daily surf lessons and packs including transport to the beach.
We can only guarantee changes to the booking upon written request by email and depending on available availability.
If you book in advance (one month before), only 30% of the total amount can be paid. The remaining 70% must be paid 1 week before the first surf lesson.
We recommend booking at least 2 weeks in advance in summer and 48 hours in advance in winter to guarantee your place.
Future Eco Surf School is a surf, bodyboard, SUP and kayak school that has been promoting and teaching these sports since 1998. Adding to our extensive experience, our school is fully certified by the various regulatory bodies and we rely on a team of coaches who love what they do.
Weather and Accomodation
Due to the nature of this sport, there may have to be changes to the planned surf courses. In case of bad weather or dangerous conditions for surf practicing, the organizer can offer a suitable alternative program. However, these kinds of situations very rarely happen, and if so they will probably take place between January and February… but even then it´s very unusual cause storm in the west coast for example means really nice waves and wind at many surf spots at the south coast, so don´t worry about this…
Check out our Surf Package options, in there you will find various different options. There will be for sure the accommodation conditions you are looking for.
The closest airport is Faro, which is about 65 km from Praia da Rocha (Portimão). Lisbon airport is about two and a half hours by car on the motorway.
You can surf two distinct coast lines that work with different swell sizes and directions, as well as predominant winds, so it really depends on your skills and goals. For instance, for small to medium size waves and sunny days you can come anytime between April and October; for all size of waves but not as warm or crowded, the rest of the year is just perfect!
We have waves all year round – no doubt about it – so a complete flat surfing day will be quite difficult to happen, especially because we have two coast lines that receive different swell directions, which means that in one or another the waves will be there for you! Even knowing this, in July/August the waves are usually small (2 – 3 feet high) but it’s really consistent. The rest of the year you have lots of waves on both coasts, which gives you much more to choose from… small to big and from crowded to just by yourself!
In the period of December to February big winter swells are quite usual, so the west coast isn’t usually a good choice. But lots of surfing spots on the south coast get really classic and consistent!
The lowest temperature goes from 14ºC (57,2ºF) on the West Coast and 16ºC (60,8ºF) on the South Coast in winter to maximum temperatures in Summer of 20ºC (68ºF) on the West Coast and 24ºC (75,2ºF) on the South Coast.
Around summer all you need is a pair of trunks or a bikini, sunglasses, lots of sun screen, beach towel, sandals, cap, light clothes and a sweater just in case for any windy afternoon/evenings. If you come on Spring or Autumn a pair of jeans is quite enough for the mornings and evenings, during the day a t-shirt will be perfect. Hot clothes or rainy clothes will be just for the coldest days of the December – March period.
The weather in the Algarve is mild for about 9 months of the year, with less pleasant outdoor temperatures only from December to February, when the minimum temperature never go bellow 7ºC (44,6ºF) on the coldest winter nights and maximum temperature is regularly around 14°C (57,2ºF), with some rain that doesn’t last for long. In Spring and Fall we have really nice temperatures and lots of sunny days. In summer the temperature usually go from 20ºC (68ºF) to 35 (95ºF) degrees. The Algarve is well known for having more then 300 sunny days a year.
Mind that even in the Algarve, temperature can change considerably in short distances, for instance from where we are located – Praia da Rocha/Portimão in the South Coast of the Algarve to the Cape of Sagres (where the West Atlantic Coast starts) the average temperature is usually 5ºC (41ºF) lower and it’s only 40 km away, due to the ocean breeze.